H.R. 7638 Restoring Worker Power Act of 2020
The Restoring Worker Power Act of 2020 was introduced on July 16, 2020, co-sponsored by Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO). It is the first federal bill to propose regulating temp agencies and protecting temp workers since 1999, and a major victory for workers and our allies.
What it Means for Temp Workers
The bill is a long way from becoming law. But, if enacted, it would give temp workers additional rights and the power to enforce those rights. Most importantly:
1. Equal Pay For Equal Work
Temps will earn the same pay as regular employees for doing the same job. This is particularly important in the staffing industry where low wages and an overrepresentation of Black and Latinx workers perpetuates economic and racial inequality.
2. Safer Workplaces
Temps will be given equal safety training as permanent employees doing the same work, must be included in all health and safety meetings in the workplace, and told of any potential hazards 48 hours before beginning a job.
3. Right to Know
Temps will receive information about the terms and conditions of their employment, including how much agencies take out of their paychecks, eliminating undisclosed fees.
4. A Path to Permanent Work
Non-compete agreements and forced arbitration are banned, and all conversion fees for hiring workers into permanent jobs will be eliminated after 60 days of temping. This will reduce the abusive practice of permatemping, ensuring a path to permanent work.
Advancing the Interests of Temp Workers
For Temp Workers
Temp Worker Justice is continuing a national survey of temp workers. Data from the survey is often requested by policymakers and advocates to better understand the experiences of workers, and how to improve the temporary staffing industry. Current and recent temp workers should take the survey here:
For Labor and Community Organizations
Legislators are looking for organization to officially endorse this legislation. It signals to them the level of support for the bill, and shows how this impact reaches local constituencies.
Endorse the bill here: www.TempWorkerJustice.org/endorseHR7638